Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Mason
Designation: Architect
Born: 1810
Died: 1897
Bio Notes: William Mason was born in 1810, the son of Ipswich architect George Mason (1782-1865). He was articled to Edward Blore and practised in Ipswich c.1837 but moved in 1838 to New South Wales, Australia and in 1840 to New Zealand, where he became the colony's pioneer architect. He was practising in Dunedin in partnership with ____ Clayton by 1862, and worked in partnership with Nathaniel Young Armstrong Wales from 1871 until his retirement in 1875, Wales continuing the practice thereafter.

He died in 1897.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Ipswich, Suffolk, EnglandPrivate/business18101837 
Item 2 of 3New South Wales, AustraliaBusiness18381840 
Item 3 of 3Dunedin, New ZealandBusinessBefore 1862  

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Edward Blorec. 1825(?)c. 1830(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Mason & ClaytonBefore 1862Before 1871Partner 
Item 3 of 3Mason & Wales18711875Partner 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Colvin, H M1995A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-18403rd editionNew Haven and London: Yale University PressEntry for George Mason, his father
Item 2 of 2Stacpole, John1971William Mason: the first New Zealand architect New Zealand: Auckland University Press